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as if that were not enough

On top of that; additionally; furthermore. Often used to introduce a further difficulty, problem, or misfortune in addition to that which has already been described. My poor car was smashed beyond repair in the accident, and as if that weren't enough, I also spilled coffee on my brand new suit! Languages, and English in particular, are a difficult thing to learn. As if that were not enough, idioms make the whole thing that much harder to master.
See also: enough, if, not, that

be not worth a fig

To be unimportant or insignificant. I know you're upset that the decor wasn't exactly as you designed it, but that's not worth a fig when you consider how spectacular the gala was overall.
See also: fig, not, worth

if it weren't for (someone or something)

If someone or something hadn't helped, intervened, or affected the situation in some way. The phrase is always followed by an explanation of how things would have turned out different without someone or something. If it weren't for those quick-thinking bystanders, I wouldn't be alive today. If it weren't for my student loans, I would be a millionaire by now.
See also: if

not about to

Not going to (do something), typically because of unwillingness. I'm not about to work on this after hours if the deadline isn't until next month. Jane wasn't about to pay all that extra money just to get a different color.
See also: not

(one's) heart isn't in it

One is not emotionally invested in something. I used to love running, but my heart just isn't in it anymore—that's why I quit the track team this year. I can tell by the way you wrote this that your heart wasn't in it. Is something distracting you?
See also: heart

be not in the same league

To not have the same or similar level of qualities, skills, or achievements (as someone or something else). While their journey to the Olympics has been remarkable, it's clear that this young team is just not in the same league as the rest of the competition. It's fine to enjoy dumb action films, but how can you think they're in the same league as classics like Casablanca?
See also: league, not, same

be not in the same class

To not have the same or similar level of qualities, skills, or achievements (as someone or something else). While their journey to the Olympics has been remarkable, it's clear that this young team is just not in the same class as the rest of the competition. It's fine to enjoy dumb action films, but how can you think they're in the same class as classics like Casablanca?
See also: class, not, same

be not whistling Dixie

slang To have a realistic or honest view of something; to be speaking truthfully. "Dixie" was an anthem of the Confederacy, the losing side of the US Civil War. Primarily heard in US. It sounds like they really are laying people off in January. You weren't just whistling Dixie, Bob! They've threatened to fire their missiles on civilians; I don't think they're whistling Dixie.
See also: Dixie, not, whistle

not so dusty

Fairly or passably good; acceptable or adequate. Primarily heard in UK. We had a cricket team of our own when I was a young lad; we weren't so dusty, either.
See also: dusty, not

not long for

About or likely to depart from (something or some place) soon. I'm sorry to say that Great-Grandma Jean is not long for this world. I think we should all make the trip to see her one last time. If these rumors are to be believed, the president's secretary isn't long for the administration.
See also: long, not

not (quite) right in the head

Mentally unwell or unstable. The term can be used both literally and hyperbolically. Tim has been behaving very erratically lately—I'm afraid that accident has left him not quite right in the head. Liz isn't right in the head if she thinks that plan will work!
See also: head, not, right

not too hot

1. Not very good; not completely healthy or well. That burger I ate wasn't too hot, but their soup was delicious! Her track record hasn't been too hot lately. We'll have to keep an eye on her work. I'm not feeling too hot this morning. I think I may have the 'flu.
2. Not as good as one believes. A: "I can't believe we have to play against last year's champions in the first game of the tournament!" B: "Eh, they're not too hot. I think we can take 'em!"
See also: hot, not

not so hot

1. Not very good; not completely healthy or well. That burger I ate wasn't so hot, but their soup was delicious! Her track record hasn't been so hot lately. We'll have to keep an eye on her work. I'm not feeling so hot this morning. I think I may have the 'flu.
2. Not as good as one believes. A: "I can't believe we have to play against last year's champions in the first game of the tournament!" B: "Eh, they're not so hot. I think we can take 'em!"
See also: hot, not

not the only fish in the sea

Not the only suitable thing, opportunity, or person one can find. Usually said of people with whom one was or hopes to be in a romantic relationship, but can be applied to a number of other situations. I know you are broken up about Janet leaving you, but she's not the only fish in the sea. I'm pretty disappointed that I didn't get the job, but I'm trying to remind myself it's not the only fish in the sea.
See also: fish, not, sea

not the only pebble on the beach

Not the only suitable thing, opportunity, or person one can find. Usually said of people with whom one was or hopes to be in a romantic relationship, but can be applied to a number of other situations. A less common version of "not the only fish in the sea." I know you are broken up about Janet leaving you, but she's not the only pebble on the beach. I'm pretty disappointed that I didn't get the job, but I'm trying to remind myself it's not the only pebble on the beach.
See also: beach, not, on, pebble

not to be sniffed at

To not be something that should be ignored, passed over, dismissed, or treated with disdain; to not be trivial or inconsequential. We may not have won the game, but we scored enough points and caused enough damage to let everyone know we aren't to be sniffed at. Sure, a hundred bucks isn't a huge amount to win in a lottery, but it's still not to be sniffed at!
See also: not, sniff

not to be sneezed at

To not be something that should be ignored, passed over, dismissed, or treated with disdain; to not be trivial or inconsequential. We may not have won the game, but we scored enough points and caused enough damage to let everyone know we aren't to be sneezed at. Sure, a hundred bucks isn't a huge amount to win in a lottery, but it's still not to be sneezed at!
See also: not, sneeze

not worth a plugged nickel

obsolete Completely worthless or useless; having little or no value. Refers to coins (not only nickels) that were "plugged"—that is, those that had a hole drilled in their center and were filled with cheaper metals—which made the coins illegitimate and worthless if spotted. Primarily heard in US. I was so excited when my grandpa said he'd give me his car, but this old clunker isn't worth a plugged nickel. Over the years working here I've come to realize that the boss's promises aren't worth a plugged nickel.
See also: nickel, not, plug, worth

not worth the paper it's written on

Useless; unimportant; insignificant. Oh, that memo is not worth the paper it's written on. You know the boss is going to completely change her mind about it in a few days anyway! Due to the recent hyperinflation, the nation's currency is now not worth the paper it's written on.
See also: not, on, paper, worth, written

not so hot

Inf. not very good. The service here is not so hot. This restaurant is highly overrated.
See also: hot, not

not worth the paper it's written on

 and not worth the paper it's printed on
Fig. [of a document] meaningless or without authority; of no value. That contract isn't worth the paper it's written on. All the signatures are forged. Don't take a check from that guy. It's not worth the paper it's written on.
See also: not, on, paper, worth, written

not the only fish in the sea

Also, lots or plenty of good fish in the sea ; not the only pebble on the beach. Plenty of other suitable persons, especially for a romantic relationship. For example, When Bob walked out on Sally, all we could tell her was that he was not the only fish in the sea , or Bill knew she wasn't the only pebble on the beach but he was determined to win her over . Both fish and pebble here refer to something available in large quantities. The expressions using fish have been used to comfort jilted lovers since the early 1500s. The variant using pebble was first recorded in a poem of 1896 by Henry Braistead: "If you want to win her hand Let the maiden understand That she's not the only pebble on the beach."
See also: fish, not, sea

not to be sneezed at

Also, nothing to sneeze at. Not to be ignored or dismissed, as in It's a great honor, not to be sneezed at, or That salary of his is nothing to sneeze at. This expression presumably alludes to turning up one's nose in disdain. [c. 1800]
See also: not, sneeze

not worth the paper it's written on

If something such as an agreement, promise or qualification is not worth the paper it's written on, it has no value, even if it seems official and definite. Many employers say that today's qualifications are not worth the paper they're written on. Note: Printed is sometimes used instead of written. The certificate is not worth the paper it's printed on.
See also: not, on, paper, worth, written

not the only pebble on the beach

mainly BRITISH
If you say that someone is not the only pebble on the beach, you mean that they are not the only person who is important or should be considered in a particular situation, although they may think they are. You should encourage him to understand that he is very definitely not the only pebble on the beach.
See also: beach, not, on, pebble

not to be sneezed at

or

not to be sniffed at

INFORMAL
If something is not to be sneezed at or not to be sniffed at, it is worth having. The money's not to be sneezed at. At least she had somewhere to live and a job — both temporary, but not to be sniffed at.
See also: not, sneeze

not so dusty

(of a person's health or situation) fairly good. British informal, dated
See also: dusty, not

not worth a plugged nickel

of no value. US
A plugged coin has had a part removed and the space filled with base material.
1991 R. Hawkey & R. Bingham Wild Card If as much as a whisper gets out…none of our lives are going to be worth a plugged nickel.
See also: nickel, not, plug, worth

not the only pebble on the beach

not the only person to be considered in a particular situation; (of a former lover) not unique or irreplaceable.
This expression is from an 1897 song title: You're Not The Only Pebble On The Beach. The original context was that of courtship: the way to advance your suit was to make it plain to the lady that ‘she's not the only pebble on the beach’. It is now often used more generally as a warning against selfish egocentricity.
See also: beach, not, on, pebble

not to be sneezed at

not to be rejected without careful consideration; worth having or taking into account. informal
See also: not, sneeze

if it wasn’t/weren’t for...

used to say that somebody/something stopped somebody/something from happening: If it weren’t for you, I wouldn’t even be here today.
See also: if

not the ˈonly pebble on the beach

(informal, disapproving) not the only person who is important or who should be considered: ‘She thinks she should be chosen to go to the meeting in Paris.’ ‘She’s not the only pebble on the beach, you know.’
See also: beach, not, on, pebble

not worth a plugged nickel

mod. worth little or nothing. This new battery is not worth a plugged nickel.
See also: nickel, not, plug, worth

not long for

Unlikely to remain for much more time in: not long for this world.
See also: long, not
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